Please join us for a service of Holy Eucharist at 10AM with our parish choir, which is open to all who arrive by 9AM for a rehearsal. Join us after the service for refreshments and activities of our Chapel Camp, which will be announced soon. This Sunday we will welcome back our rector from her sabbatical leave. Please join us for a day of celebration.
A Season of Rest & Refreshment
Between March 1 and May 31, our Rector, the Rev. Pam Werntz, was away on a restorative sabbatical while Emmanuel Church engaged in refreshment and renewal activities designed to be integrated with the sabbatical. The theme of this renewal time came from reflecting on the spiritual connections between Miriam the Prophet (Moses’ sister), Miriam of Migdal (Mary Magdalene, the Apostle to the Apostles), our own call to prophetic witness.
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“Book officiant.” That’s what all the bridal magazines told me to do at least nine months before the wedding.
To be honest, with a year to plan I’d been more preoccupied with short ribs or halibut, buttercream or fondant, than with deciding who would perform our ceremony. But somewhere between selecting mini crab flautas to be served during cocktail hour and corn bisque for a starter, I realized the menu shouldn’t be my top priority. For the first time, Eric and I would have to explicitly address our different religious backgrounds and decide how Judaism and Christianity would factor into our life together.
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During a worship service a while back, the chorus of Emmanuel Music sang a motet “Der Herr denket an uns,” which is #9 in Johann Hermann Schein’s “Israels Brünnlein” collection. The text is from Psalm 115, verses 12–15. I sat there in my usual spot in the third row, soaking up the beauty in my usual way—not following along in the program but just watching the singers, players, and John Harbison’s conducting dance. And listening. Listening with a ferocious desire for bigger ears so I could take in this miracle of sound that we call music.